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Welcome to Dr. Laura Stein

The OU Department of Biology is pleased to welcome our newest facultyu member, Dr. Laura Stein, who joined our faculty this fall.

Stein serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Her research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of behavioral plasticity, how behavior influences evolutionary patterns, and how experience, in particular between parents and offspring, shapes development. Laura uses an integrated approach incorporating behavioral observation, neuroendocrine approaches, and genomic tools to answer broad questions from both proximate and ultimate perspectives. Stein also uses two excellent models of plasticity and evolution, the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) and the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), to investigate outstanding questions in this field.

Find out more about Dr. Stein's current research at


Welcome to Dr. Luca Fornelli

Neuron and Network

We're pleased to welcome Dr. Luca Fornelli who joined our ranks in January 2019.

Fornelli serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology. Luca's research focuses on the study of the proteins present in an organism, or proteomics, using high resolution mass spectrometry. Fornelli's lab will use top-down proteomics to study the specific modification patterns of proteoforms differentially localized in various sub-cellular compartments, or how different proteoforms derived from the same gene can distinguish between healthy and aberrant phenotypes.

Find out more about Dr. Fornelli's recent research on Google Scholar.